April 22, 2013
Fantastic musical exploration
First off: Don't let the audio warnings deter you, this tape is perfectly fine. There are a couple fizzles throughout, but they are excessively minor and in no way affect your listening experience.
Now, for the music. If you are already a fan of the Jauntee, this show is going to knock your freaking socks off. The jamming here is some of the best that I've heard the band do; their listening and communication is super fluid.
Everything is really loose and fun, you can tell the band are in a good mood and really feeling it. Just listen to the screams that Scott belts out during "I've Got a Feeling" and the authority with which he belts out "Wake and Jake". The songs flow perfectly from one to the other, and are all filled with incredible musical moments.
My personal favorites from this show are the extra-long "Jaunt's On Fire" which builds to a furiously roaring funk climax, "Dog Gone Blues" which is just bursting with energy and a soaring guitar-led peak. "Have You Ever" is especially hot, winding itself up for multiple bursts during the solo/jam. Caton (guitar) is great in this song, playing into the tension to create some truly great release moments.
"Hence, Quadrophonic Fence" and "Fractal Fuck" may be the takers for top spot, though. The jamming that these two songs have showcases why the Jauntee is simply better than every other jamband on the scene right now.
I hate making the comparison, but these guys pull off successfully what made 94/95 Phish so exciting: the constant exploration and ability to turn on a dime, as a group, and fall perfectly into place into some new musical concept or idea.
This isn't just vamping on chords or grooving with someone soloing. The Jauntee actually create new pieces of complete music when they jam and improvise, spontaneously building themes, motifs, and elements that have a structure and sense to them. They do this with such a looseness that allows them to instantly latch-on when someone plays something unique. Its like a giant flock of birds who suddenly dart to the left together, mid-flight.
There is nothing more exciting and rewarding, for me, as a listener than to hear that kind of stuff happen.